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Dave Simpson

Graham Parker and the Rumour - review

They're older and greyer, but the band still do justice to Parker's superb songwriting "I dreamed I saw a movie of my life. I thought I dreamed it but it was real," sings Graham Parker . "I realised I had been surrounded by friends. All of the time." Af

Jamie Cullum - review

At 34, with 15 years of gigs behind him, Jamie Cullum still looks ridiculously youthful – not unlike a more cherubic Pete Doherty, if the Babyshambles singer had swapped heroin for Cullum's wife Sophie Dahl's cooking.

Motörhead: Aftershock – review

An inimitable proponent of the "live fast, die young" lifestyle, Motörhead's Lemmy probably didn't expect to make it to 67, but age and hard living are finally catching up with him.

M People - review

Manchester Arena M People's comeback set - to a quarter-full arena - has more padding that a soft furnishings outlet When M People's Elegant Slumming trounced the cream of Britpop to win the 1994 Mercury music prize , their multimillion-selling aspirat

Jonathan Wilson: Fanfare - review

(Bella Union) The acclaim for Jonathan Wilson 's 2011 debut, Gentle Spirit , meant he could call on some real heavyweights for the follow-up. The assembled cast here includes Jackson Browne and the Jayhawks, while none other than David Crosby and Graha

Thomas Dybdahl: What's Left is Forever – review

A star in his home country, Thomas Dybdahl's reputation is spreading rapidly, the NME dubbing him "Norway's Nick Drake". Like the tragic folkie, Dybdahl combines acoustic guitars, gently brushed snare drums and ghostly orchestrations. However, he's not th

Dizzee Rascal: The Fifth - review

(Dirtee Stank/Island) In the decade since he won the Mercury for Boy in Da Corner, Dylan Mills has undergone an unlikely metamorphosis: from edgy grime upstart to festival-pleasing loon with an eye on the global market. Recorded in LA with Madonna and Ri

Barry Gibb - review

The first glimpse we see of Barry Gibb, making his first British appearance for 14 years, is his hair glistening under a spotlight.

Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull - review

(Sony) The omens for Kings of Leon 's sixth album include on-stage punch-ups, lifestyle issues, cancelled tours and being forced off stage by incontinent pigeons . However, opener Supersoaker revisits their early, more Strokesy sound with gusto and sug

Kaiser Chiefs - review

"Remind me where we are," quips Ricky Wilson, receiving the expected shouts of "Leeeeeeds"